Please note that this Policy is for clients of Fowler’s Group advisers.
Our financial planning business exists under the Australian Financial Services License of FYG Planners. FYG Planners are a financial planning dealer group not aligned to any bank or financial institution, and this means FYG advisers are free to put their clients' interests first. Financial planners licensed by FYG can be found across every Australian state, including those here at Fowler’s Group.
Clients of FYG Planners
Our commitment to you
At FYG Planners Pty Ltd (“FYG Planners”), your privacy is important to us. Privacy laws apply to how we collect, maintain, use and disclose your personal information and this Privacy statement explains how these laws affect FYG Planners and you, including:
Other privacy statements
When you seek financial advice from an authorised representative of FYG Planners, you consent to FYG Planners and its authorised representatives collecting, maintaining, using and disclosing personal information about you (provided by you or by another person) in accordance with the privacy statements in the relevant documents, any Agreement you sign and this Privacy statement.
What information does FYG Planners and its Authorised Representatives hold?
The types of information we collect will depend on the type of product or service requested by you. Generally, we keep a record of one or more of the following types of information about you:
All information sought is required for our business purposes, which are detailed generally in this brochure and more specifically in our application forms.
We do not actively seek to collect sensitive information (for example health information or information about any criminal record), unless it is necessary for our business purposes. If we do have to collect sensitive information, we will only collect, use and disclose it in accordance with privacy laws.
Sometimes we act as an intermediary for others when collecting information about you, such as for the purpose of assisting you to apply for insurance. We will inform you when we do this.
How do we collect your information?
Generally, FYG Planners and its authorised representatives only collect personal information about you from you, unless it is not reasonable or practical for us to do so or if you consent. For example, we may collect information from a third party, like your accountant or a product provider, or your employer for superannuation purposes.
How do we collect information from our websites?
FYG Planners and its authorised representatives collect and hold information about you via our websites1 when you:
FYG Planners and its authorised representatives also collect some statistical information about visitors, via our websites (for example, the number of visitors, pages viewed, types of transactions conducted, time online and documents downloaded).
Some of this statistical information is collected by using cookies. We use this information only for the purposes of evaluating our website performance (including identifying potential performance problems) and continually improving our services. None of the statistical information we prepare from information collected using cookies identifies individual visitors to our websites. Other than for statistical information, we do not collect any information about you via our websites unless you provide the information to us.
How may we use your personal information?
Generally, we use your personal information to:
Any form used to collect your information may give more specific details about the way we use your information.
An authorised representative of FYG Planners may provide information about you to FYG Planners via our websites or otherwise, as part of an electronic facility or service offered by us that the authorised representative can use to store and access your information and produce reports containing your information. If information about you is provided to us using this facility or service but not for the purposes of, or in relation to, the provision of financial advice then, other than for the purposes indicated, we will not use your information for any purpose without your consent.
What rights do we have to disclose personal information?
Generally, we must obtain your consent before we tell anyone about you, or your investments. You can give us your consent expressly (by telephone or writing to us) or it may be implied by your conduct.
Sometimes the law requires or allows us to give out information about you. For example, we may be required to give your information to AUSTRAC or product providers for the purposes anti-money laundering matters. Another example is giving your investment details to a court if we are ordered to do so under a subpoena.
We may also disclose your personal information to:
For insurance products, where required by law, we may disclose personal information about you to the Insurer without getting your consent. These parties are required to comply with the privacy laws in using any such information.
Use of your personal information by Institutional Business clients
Use of your personal information by a Product Provider or Insurer
How we protect the security of your information
We take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. We have physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your information held by us. For example, your personal information is stored in secured office premises, in encrypted electronic databases requiring logins and passwords for access and/or at a secured warehouse. We require all staff to maintain the confidentiality of your personal information.
We use secure methods to destroy or de-identify any personal information as soon as the law permits, provided the information is no longer needed by us for any purpose.
Changes to our privacy policies
We may amend this Privacy statement from time to time. Not all changes to our privacy policies will require your consent, for example where office security procedures are changed. We will notify you of any change to our policies that require your consent before being implemented.
What are your rights?
Unless required by law (for example to comply with a legal duty of disclosure when applying for an insurance product) you need not give us any of the personal information about you or any other person which may be requested in our communications with you. However, without that information, we may not be able to provide you with an appropriate level of service.
Where we collect information from you about another individual, for example your nominated beneficiaries, please make that individual aware of that fact and the contents of this Privacy statement.
If you do not want the benefit of receiving information about products and services, then please tell us. You can do this at any time by either writing to us or telephoning us at FYG Planners (details below) or by contacting your FYG Planners authorised representative.
Access to your information
You may request access at any time to personal information held by us about you. We will process your request within a reasonable time, usually 14 days for a straightforward request. More time may be needed, depending on the nature of the request.
There is no fee for requesting access to your information, however we may charge you the reasonable costs of processing your request. Sometimes we are not required to provide you with access. If we refuse you access to your personal information, we will tell you the reason why. If we are not required to provide you with access to the information requested, we will consider, if reasonable, whether the use of a mutually agreed intermediary would allow sufficient access to meet your needs and ours.
Correction of information
We try to ensure that all information held by us about you which we collect, use or disclose is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, you must promptly notify us if there are any changes to your personal information.
You may ask us at any time to correct personal information held by us about you which you believe is incorrect or out-of-date. We will deal with your request within a reasonable time.
If we disagree as to the accuracy of the information, you may request that we make an appropriate notation in relation to that information noting you consider it is not accurate, complete or up-to-date.
As at the date of this Policy Statement, FYG Planners does not consent to disclosing or storing client or adviser information overseas.
If you are not satisfied with the response to your complaint, you have the right to complain to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on 1300 363 992.
FYG Planners Pty Ltd Contact Details
FYG Planners Pty Ltd is an Australian Financial Services Licensee No. 224543, ABN 55 094 972 540 based at Level 1, 10 Wilson Street, Burnie, Tasmania. If you have any questions, please contact us on (03) 6440 3507. If you prefer to write, please contact:
FYG Planners Pty Ltd Privacy Officer
PO Box 389
Burnie Tasmania 7320
1 The Websites referred to are the FYG Planners, FYG Planners Xplan software and each of the FYG Planners Adviser’s firms websites.